Maati McKinney

Maati McKinney

Maati McKinney

NAME: Maati McKinney

YEAR OF STUDY: Freshman

MAJOR(S): Biology

MENTOR(S): Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert

DEPARTMENT(S): Morehouse School of Medicine

 

SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: RISE Program

 

HONORS: Thurgood Marshall Dept. of Defense Scholarship

 

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: sickle cell disease

 

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES: N/A

 

CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: Attain PhD in grad school after graduating Spelman in 2021; do research abroad one day.

 

PUBLICATIONS: N/A

 

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION: Current research interests include plant genetics and biotechnology

Maati McKinney is a freshman Biology major at Spelman College. She currently conducts research at the Morehouse School of Medicine under Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert. Her research primarily aims to improve the quality of life of those with Sickle Cell Disease by providing treatment alternatives to medications currently on the market. More specifically, she is examining the efficacy of a plant-based product, Quercetin, in reducing the inflammation commonly experienced by people with sickle cell. During her pre-freshman summer, she did research on chlamydia under Dr. Yusuf Omosun, with the aid of Spelman’s RISE/START (Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement/Summer Training about Research Techniques) program. Maati is a Thurgood Marshall Department of Defense Scholar, and she intends on attaining her Ph.D. after graduating in 2021. Maati’s interests include plant genetics and biotechnology, and she dreams of one day being able to do research abroad.

 

CONTACT

Email: rise@spelman.edu
Telephone: (404) 270-5713
(404) 270-5796
Address:
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 310
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location:
Tapley 412

ABOUT RISE

The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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